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  1. Samsung Galaxy Giveaway!

    Want to win a Samsung Glaxaxy S6?….For every friend you refer between 22nd August & 21st November you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw to win! We’ll also send you and your friend a £10 Amazon.co.uk Gift Certificate via email, after the referred policy has been active for 60 days. For full terms and conditions, see below

    Terms and Conditions

    1. The prize draw is open to Customers of the Promoter who meet the following qualifications:

    Are residents of the U.K.
    Are aged 18 years or over on date of entry

    Employees of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group), their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group) and anyone else professionally connected with this draw are not eligible for entry.

    How to Enter

    2. Existing customers of the Promoter who have a current Gadget Insurance (GI) policy can enter by referring a friend or family member to purchase a GI policy from the Promoter that remains in force for a minimum of 60 days after purchase. Both the referrer and the referee will be entered into the prize draw.

    3. Entry is free. Only one entry of the qualifying referrer and referee is permitted. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accept these terms and conditions.

    4. You can also enter after successfully referring a friend or family member who purchases a minimum of 60 days’ GI policy from the Promoter by sending your full name, address, email address (where applicable), contact telephone number and name of friend or family member you referred to: Samsung Galaxy S6 16GB Prize Draw 2015, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN provided such entry is received by Promoter on or before the closing date of 21st November 2015.

    5. The promotion begins at 09:00 on 22md August 2015 and closes at 11:59 on 21st November 2015 11:59 British Summer Time (BST).

    The Prize

    6. The prize is one Samsung Galaxy S6 16BG.  The Promoter will pay for delivery to the winner but all other associated costs such as but not limited to connection, network charges are payable by the winner.

    Winner Selection and Notification

    7. The winner will be randomly selected after 16:30 on 22nd January 2016  by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the drawal period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    8. The Promoter will contact the winner on 22nd Junary 2016 via email. The Samsung Galaxy S6 16BG will be sent to the address provided by the winner within 24 working hours of the winner claiming the prize in accordance with Clause 6 below. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    9. The winner is required to respond to the notification by 17:00 on 29th January 2016 in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    10. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    11. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize.

    12. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    13. By entering this draw, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    14. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

    General

    15. The name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available on our blog http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/blog/samsung-galaxy-giveaway/. No compensation shall be awarded for such participation.

    16. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    17. By entering into this draw, the entrant consents to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of the draw unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html.

    18. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    19. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    20. This draw and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    21. This promotion is in no way endorsed or administered by Samsung. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Samsung. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Samsung from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect Your Bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  2. IPhone 6S or 7 Rumours

    Forbes back in July reported that a leaked internal email from Vodaphone identified that the new IPhone would be available to pre-order from September 18th .This wouldn’t be the first time release dates have been “leaked” and then subsequently wrong but the date is consistent with Apple’s usual September launches. We’d imagine the official launch date will be around 6-9th September.

    Bigger-iPhone-Rumours-Concept-Nikola-Cirkovic

    Nikola Cirkovic new IPhone concept

     

    The iPhone 6S or straight to the IPhone 7?

    There were rumours that Apple were considering skipping the 6S and moving straight to the 7. This was largely being put down to the fact that the advancements on the 6 were so great that it warranted a jump. However leaked drawings (believe what you will) and latest reports suggest we are much more likely to see an IPhone 6S.

     

    Touch ID

    The next iPhone looks certain to feature great improvements on the current touch ID system. As Apple pay becomes more prominent and is pushed further we’re expecting to see the touch ID function much more smoothly and all bugs to be ironed out whilst security also increased. Whilst this may not be the most exciting upgrade ever, when security and functionality are taken into account it’s a decent upgrade.

     

    Introduction of the A9 chip

    Apple’s rather bizarre partnership with Samsung could see the introduction of the A9 chip. Leaked images from the Chinese production line look to show space for a newly designed, darker chip and it appears much has changed under the hood for Apple. The A9 chip will be much faster and use less battery whilst also providing greater capabilities for improved resolution and camera quality. Again all things you’d expect from a new chip but a welcomed addition nonetheless.

     

    Force Touch

    The latest rumours suggest that the latest iPhone is going to be slightly thicker (0.2mm) to allow for the introduction of force touch. Force Touch, which is used in Apple watches, detects how hard you press the screen and allows different actions to be carried out accordingly. For example during video playback, the harder you press the fast forward arrow will control the speed in which the video is playing. This is one of the ways Apple is trying to improve user functionality and advancements in the next few years could eventually see the end for the home button.

     

    An Improved Camera

    The camera is likely to see a vast jump in quality. The new A9 processor will allow for a 12 MP. According to John Gruber during an episode of the talk show  the new design, which incorporates 2 lenses will be able to perform at the quality levels of a DSLR which will put the new iPhone right up there with the best camera phones on the market. The rumours are that the rear camera will also feature a new microphone which will improve the audio on videos.

     

    Sapphire Glass

    The iPhone 6 was widely reported to feature this scratch resistant glass but cost and production issues got in the way. Could we finally see sapphire glass which is used on the iWatch become a feature of the phones as well?

     

    What could the IPhone 7 feature if they skip the 6S

    A few ideas have been thrown out for what this could feature; one being that Apple will do away with the headphone/Aux jack in their quest to streamline and lighten the phone. All sound would be directed wirelessly or through the lightening port. Another rumour being mooted is that the next IPhone won’t have any side buttons. Instead one side will feature stereo quality speakers, enabling a better sound & video experience in landscape whilst the other side will feature touch sensitive areas which will control features on the phone.

    Whilst these are pretty cool new features it looks like we won’t see them this time around unfortunately.  Instead an IPhone 6S release looks far more probable. Despite rumours of 3 different sized models it looks like Apple will stick with the 2 for now but we could see a slight variant in size. Whilst none of these updates appear to ground-breaking, this is generally the norm with IPhone S updates & the upgrades will definitely provide a much faster, smoother and efficient beefed up version of the IPhone 6. Whilst the foundations appear to have been laid to seeing a vastly improved and differently designed IPhone 7.

     

  3. 7 Festival Essentials this Summer

    7 Festival Essentials this Summer

    Glastonbury Festival at night

    Glastonbury Festival

    The arrival of June means the UK festival season is about to go into full swing with festivals coming thick and fast, from Parkilfe & Field Day at the beginning of June all the way through to Bestival in September. Below we’ve listed some items (apart from the obvious like tents/wellies) that we see as essential to ensuring you maximise your festival experience.

     

    Portable charger

    According to Twitter’s top trends, 2014 was the year of the selfie but so far that trend hasn’t showed any sign of slowing. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram can be a massive drain on the battery so don’t get caught out this year. Portable chargers have really come on and you can pick up a decent one, which can charge your phone from dead up to 4 times for around £20 if you look in the right places. This will allow you to take all the photos and selfies you can manage without running out of juice.

     

    Ponchos

    If you’re going to Benicassim or another festival where you’re guaranteed sun then you can ignore this. However for everyone else staying in the UK, don’t leave it up to the weather Gods. It doesn’t matter how ‘on point’ your festival outfit is, if it rains you’re going to be in trouble. Poncho’s are available in pound shops and come in loads of colours. They weigh next to nothing, they’re reusable, cheap and actually work pretty well. Plus these guys look pretty cool, right?

    Poncho Powerrangers

    Poncho Power Rangers

    A decent backpack

    A good backpack can really make all the difference, especially if you’re at a festival like Glastonbury where you’re going to be lugging around your alcohol all weekend. A backpack with good strapping and padding will allow you to get stuck in all weekend without spending the entire of next week in pain and looking like a hunchback. Whilst a decent backpack might not be the most stylish, trust me you’ll thank us later.

     

    Wet Wipes

    These may sound an obvious choice but we’ve put them on the list as a final reminder as you do NOT want to forget these. Whether it’s cleaning a particularly vile long drop, removing make up or just general cleanliness these are an absolute must and likely to be your newest BFF for the weekend.

     

    The numbers of everyone you’re with

    This may sound an obvious one but one of the most beautiful things about festivals is it brings people together and new bonds will undoubtedly be forged. Secondly a lot of people take a festival phone to festivals as they don’t want to lose their smartphone. Make sure you’ve got all your mates’ numbers as someone is more than likely to get lost at some point during the weekend. No-one wants to spend the weekend alone so make sure it’s not you by getting everyone’s number early doors.

     

    Festival Underwear (Boys – Sorry girls)

    These are a thing, trust us. If you don’t believe us just google it. They’ve been designed to be light, breathable but also store all your valuables securely meaning you can just switch off and enjoy the show. There’s a few different types available on the market and appear be growing in popularity every year. Definitely worth checking out.

     

    Gadget Insurance

    The chances of you losing or breaking your phone/watch or iPad (yes we’ve seen people take iPad’s to festivals) during a festival is quite high. Protect yourself and your valuables with our gadget insurance here. Why take the chance – Take out a policy and have a stress free weekend knowing we’ve got your back

    Enjoy, The PYB Marketing Team

     

     

  4. Spooky Apps

    Halloween Pumpkins

    Halloween is upon us, and if you’re a fan of the scary, gory or downright terrifying, then you’ll more than likely enjoy the range of spooky apps out there at the minute. If you’re not sure of where to start with the multitude of chilling options available, we’ve collected a variety of them for a truly haunting Halloween.

    Zombies

    With TV shows such as The Walking Dead being as popular as they are, zombie-themed apps are all the rage at the minute. For a more suspense-filled type of experience, Zombies, Run! is great for getting the adrenaline pumping, all the while improving your fitness. The exercise app allows you to immerse yourself in a zombie invasion story, while running at your own comfortable pace. The story unfolds including your own music, with the option to include fast-paced chases for a more intense workout. You can use it outdoors or in – there’s nothing like the threat of impending zombies to get you motivated for a run!

    If you’re just looking to get into the spirit of Halloween without the rigorous exercise, with The Walking Dead Dead Yourself app, you can upload an image of yourself and watch as you transform from living, breathing human, to dead, festering zombie in a matter of seconds. You can even add props to the image for a more (un)life-like result.

    Vampires

    For those that are fans of classic horror, iDrakula is sure to be a hit. Cleverly created, this app is a modern version of Bram Stoker’s original novel. Retold mostly through email, voicemail and text, the story is given an eerily familiar platform on which to tell the story of the mysterious Count. Although the app appears to only be available in the US at the minute, it’s certainly one to be aware of. It is available to buy as a book here in the UK though, for those who can’t wait to get stuck in.

    Pumpkins

    For a more traditional Halloween-themed app, or for those who’d simply rather steer clear of the frightening festivities, try out Pumpkin Carver Plus. With the app, you can still get creative with lots of different pumpkin designs and ideas, without having to worry about cleaning up any remaining orange innards afterwards. The app is also handy if you have young children who’d like to have a go at it too.

    Ghosts

    Now, this app certainly is not one for the faint-hearted. True Ghost Stories From Around The World provides a collection of haunting tales from all over the globe. You can submit your own chilling anecdotes, as well as get well and truly freaked-out by the photos, videos and whole library of ghoulish goings-on. Ideal for grown-up Halloween parties, you’re sure to be gripped with fear after hearing these turbulent tales!

  5. Apple Announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

    Apple announces iPhone 6, Watch, and… Pay?

    The wait is finally over, and – despite a few live-streaming technical hiccups – Apple unveiled two brand new devices and an intriguing new service to eager fans on September 9th. The announcement of the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus, were no surprise, and even the Apple Watch didn’t raise too many eyebrows – but Tim Cook saved the biggest announcement until last with Apple Pay.

    You can find out all about the specs and features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in our iPhone Timeline, which charts seven years of the iPhone’s evolution. While not a huge amount has changed from the 5S, the new phones boast bigger screens, sleeker profiles, and importantly they’ll come packing the shiny new iOS 8.0. Need to know if it will fit in your pocket? Try our printable full scale iPhone Size Guide.

    Meanwhile, the Apple Watch – which will be sold in a standard model, a sport-focused model and a luxury 18ct gold edition – does everything you’d expect a modern smartwatch to do, including fitness monitoring, text message viewing and hopefully telling the time. More excitingly, the watch is designed to work hand-in-hand with the company’s new “mobile wallet” service, Apple Pay – which means you could soon be paying for your shopping with a flick of the wrist.

    Described as “breakthrough contactless payment technology”, Apple Pay could well be a game-changer. Instead of rifling through your wallet for change or swiping a card, it lets users pay for goods and services simply by holding their iPhone (or Watch) near a contactless reader, initiating a balance transfer instantly and securely. It’s due to launch in the USA in October, though there’s no word yet on when it’s coming to the UK.

    Love them or hate them, Apple’s events are never less than thought-provoking – let us know what you thought of the announcements in the comments!

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